SHERBORN, Mass. (WWLP) – Officer Douglas Kingsley of the Sherborn Police Department is walking over 200 miles to raise awareness of first responder suicide.
According to copwalk.com, Kingsley will be walking 219 miles from October 12 to October 25 from the New York State border in Egremont, Massachusetts to the Chatham lighthouse in Chatham, Massachusetts. Kinsley is walking in support of the Blue H.E.L.P, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness to first responder suicide and mental health issues.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and police officers and military service members are at a much higher risk of suicide than other professions. Kinsley started his career in the Army National Guard, along with the Sherborn Police Department. In 2019, Kinsley lost one of his soldiers to suicide, and in 2021, he lost a friend from his academy class.
Due to these unfortunate events, Kinsley has raised awareness for police and military suicide prevention. The walk is to honor the memories of those who have passed and to raise awareness for the resources that are available. Kinsley is walking to prove that officers are not alone in the profession, but to also meet new people.
On Friday, Kinsley stopped by the western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy in Springfield to speak at the current 64th ROC about his walk.
The AIC campus police are celebrating the college’s first candidate for the Western Massachusetts Police Academy’s 65th ROC class. The accomplishment has been guided by past and present AIC administrators. AIC has successfully navigated the standards set forth by the Municipal Police Training Committee. For those interested in a law enforcement career visit AIC.edu.
Kinsley encourages any Officer, Firefighter, EMT, Dispatcher, family member, and/or friend who would like to join him to not hesitate to reach out. Here is the route that Kinsley will be walking:
Day 1 – October 12th
- Great Barrington
Day 2 – October 13th
Day 3 – October 14th
- West Springfield
Day 4 – October 15th
Day 5 – October 16th
Day 6 – October 17th
Day 7 – October 18th
- West Bridgewater
Day 8 – October 19th
Day 9 – October 20th
Sagamore Bridge Crossing
Day 10 – October 21st
Day 11 – October 22nd
End – Chatham Light House – 37 Main Street